Anxiety tends to be repetitive. Help your child build “Reminder Bridges” before anxiety shows up. Example – if your child always gets anxious before a test but ends up doing okay, remind them that this a pattern. Ask them what happened the last time worry showed up this way, help them see they were uncomfortable, uncertain, but they moved through it. This “Reminder Bridge” is their tool for the next time worry shows up this way. Connecting to these past successes through Reminder Bridges lays the groundwork for new neural pathways and through repetition defeats worry.
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